After three predominantly flat stages, the Giro d’Italia U23 welcomed the first mountain top finish of the 2020 edition, as the peloton had to face a really tough parcour that recorded close to 3000 m of vertical ascent and four categorized climbs, finishing atop of the Bolca climb, classified as a first category climb.
The main breakaway of the day it was featured by 5 riders, but the peloton did not allow a big to them a big gap. Back in the main group there were some moves but Daan Hoole, Jordi Meeus and Harrison Wood always represented the Academy flag there, with Wood being staying with the front group the longest. However, once the race hit the slopes of the last climb, the British climber could not follow anymore and rode his own pace all the way up.
Tomorrow’s stage 5 will presumably present another chance for the sprinters, despite having a hard local circuit in which the riders will have to tackle a category three climb a total of four times.
Harrison Wood, getting better day by day:
“It was a fairly hard day for the whole bunch, but we tried to make the most out of it. My goal was to hang on with the GC group as long as possible, but it proved to be difficult towards the end because I’m still recovering from some allergies that I suffered early in the race. However, I was pretty well-placed in the descents, which was something that we discussed pre-race with Aike (Visbeek). Jordi (Meeus) and Daan (Hoole) did an amazing job covering some moves so I could have an easier day. Despite not being there in at the end, I’m happy to see that my condition is improving which boosts my morale for the coming days”.